When heading up the northway I always like to visit a few of the fantastic little preserves along the way in Saratoga County. Woodcock Preserve [721 Tanner Road, Clifton Park NY] is a small and quiet park with just over 2 miles of trails, so its a perfect place to get some fresh air and exercise, but won’t put a dent in your day. Right on a residential street, if you’re going too fast you might miss the tiny parking lot.
At the trailhead is a large new looking map, and personal laminated maps to take with you on your walk!
I have never seen that before, what a great touch. We visited on a chilly day, but the park is beautiful for a hike any time of year. Spring and summer are your best chance of actually seeing the namesake Woodcock bird, related to the sandpiper, though it lives in a very different habitat. Take the trail across the field and into the woods.
The paths are well marked and maintained, make your way to the wetlands.
Here you will find a little pond to observe. During my hike it was silent in a winter slumber. Today I bet it would be a bit more active. Let me know if you catch a glimpse of the Woodcock!